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4:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Two arrested in Bouef River fish shockings

Two Louisiana men have been arrested by wildlife agents for allegedly shocking fish on the Bouef River.

Authorities said Tyler Gilmore, 22, of Fort Necessity, and Derek Guillot, 30, of Winnsboro, were cited July 2 for taking fish using illegal methods after they were found with a shocking device.

Wildlife and Fisheries Sgt. Albert Tarver said Guillot and Gilmore were found in Boeuf River with 13 catfish believed taken with the device.

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6:01 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

'Exterminator' pleads not guilty to drug charges

William "Billy" Bretherton, star of the A&E reality TV show "Billy the Exterminator," has pleaded not guilty to drug charges in his home state of Louisiana.

Bretherton and his wife, Mary, were arrested in June on drug possession charges in Bossier Parish when they surrendered to police on a warrant charging them with one count each of possession of synthetic marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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4:21 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Deputy accused of crashing patrol car while drunk

A Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy has resigned after allegedly crashing his patrol car while drunk.

Col. John Fortunato, a department spokesman, tells The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/OmyXsI) that 27-year-old Christopher Hyer resigned July 12.

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4:20 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Rapper 'BG' gets prison in firearms case

A New Orleans rapper who pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm and conspiring to obstruct justice has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Christopher Dorsey, known as "BG," also was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan to three years of supervised release following his prison term.

The 28-year-old pleaded guilty in December to being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2009. Prosecutors say Dorsey had three felony drug convictions between 1998 and 2003.

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4:14 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Man allegedly DWI on a Wal-Mart scooter

Houma police say a 24-year-old man is accused of driving a shopping scooter while drunk.

Police say Thomas J. Phillip's breath tested at more than double the amount considered legal proof of intoxication under Louisiana law when he was pulled over Sunday.

Police say they got a call about a motorized scooter pulling a wheelchair, and found Phillip on the scooter and a friend of his in the wheelchair. They say Phillip was arrested after allegedly telling police he'd been at a Wal-Mart store and decided to take the scooter for a joyride.

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6:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Two Seats Now Open in New Orleans Council Special Election After Johnson's Plea

The New Orleans City Council will have two open seats on the November 6 ballot. The second vacancy comes after District E Councilman Jon Johnson’s guilty plea to federal corruption charges.

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4:05 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Councilman Jon Johnson Resigns, Pleads Guilty to Corruption

Councilman Jon Johnson
New Orleans City Council

A New Orleans city councilman is resigning his office after pleading guilty to corruption. Federal charges link Hurricane Katrina relief to the politician’s failed-campaign fund.

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1:09 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Jon Johnson pleads guilty in Katrina fraud

A New Orleans city councilman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal criminal charge of misusing federal money intended to help a nonprofit organization after Hurricane Katrina and diverting some of it to one of his political campaigns.

Jon Johnson, who is 63, faces up to 5 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. District Judge Lance Africk set sentencing for Oct. 25.

Johnson said he will resign from his seat on the council.

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3:13 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Mayor's son arrested on DWI charge

A teenage son of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

A spokeswoman for the New Orleans Police Department says 19-year-old Benjamin Landrieu was arrested early Tuesday. He was booked into the city's jail on charges that also include reckless operation of a vehicle.

The mayor said in a statement that his loves his son but there will be legal consequences for his actions in the courtroom and "family discussions in our living room." Mitch Landrieu also said his son will be treated "just as any other citizen."

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3:01 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Couple accused in St. John boy's death

A St. John the Baptist Parish couple found hiding in Georgia after they failed to show up for a trial in the death of the woman's 8-year-old son are back in Louisiana.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/SEHmcg) that 46-year-old Errol Victor and 38-year-old Tonya Victor had a court hearing Monday in LaPlace.

The couple disappeared on the eve of their second-degree murder trial last August and was arrested in Tifton, Ga., on April 14, after being featured on an episode of "America's Most Wanted."

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